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Matlock: The Final Season

Paramount // 1994 // 832 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // July 25th, 2013

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All Rise...

Judge David Johnson wears nothing under his robes.

Editor's Note

Our reviews of Matlock: The Eighth Season (published March 23rd, 2013), Matlock: The First Season (published April 23rd, 2008), Matlock: The Seventh Season (published February 29th, 2012), and Matlock: The Third Season (published July 20th, 2009) are also available.

The Charge

The final defense.

The Case

It's all over. After nine seasons of legendary litigation, the Man in the White Suit with the gentle Southern drawl hangs them up, content to traipse off into the sunset, secure in the knowledge that single-handedly solved more murders and locked away more scumbags than Batman and the FBI combined.

But TV shows can't go on forever, so here's the final lineup card for the swan song of Ben Matlock (Andy Griffith, The Andy Griffith Show).

• "The Accused: Part 1"
• "The Accused: Part 2"
• "The Scandal"
• "The Dare"
• "The Tabloid"
• "The Coach"
• "The Dating Game"
• "The Confession"
• "Dead Air"
• "The Getaway"
• "The Verdict"
• "The Deadly Dose"
• "The Target"
• "The Assault"
• "The Heist: Part 1"
• "The Heist: Part 2"
• "The Scam: Part 1"
• "The Scam: Part 2"

Eighteen episodes, with a bunch of jumbo double-episodes to sink your teeth in. Essentially, for Matlock fans, you're getting about as much Ben Matlock as you can handle. When the renowned attorney isn't punching the clock defending senatorial candidates and fellow attorneys, he working to take down all manner of hooligan, including a crazy millionaire (Terry O'Quinn, Lost) who whacks one of Ben's friends and dares him to prove it.

As far as the how things unfurl, if you're a Matlock-er, you know what to expect: an easygoing pace, with Andy Griffith dominating the screen with his wit and courtroom back-and-forth. His two flunkies go on their own side adventures, but this is all AG. Enjoy, completionists. This one's for you.

The set: full frame, stereo, no extras.

The Verdict

Not guilty. Court adjourned.

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 80

Perp Profile

Studio: Paramount
Video Formats:
• Full Frame
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
• English (SDH)
Running Time: 832 Minutes
Release Year: 1994
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
• Crime
• Drama
• Mystery
• Television

Distinguishing Marks

• None


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